Even though nothing has changed hardware or software over the years, folk today expect such problems to be a thing of the past. Rebooting Windows 10 years ago to solve an issue like this was considered acceptable.
Today, folk are used to things that work better yet you are using an OS that accepted the fact that it works most of the time and that's fine.
Have you considered that it's still buggy?
I have a few hundred computers on a domain at a school I work at here in delaware. I am completely stumped by this problem....
Randomly, at one school, the "Windows Audio" service stops and needs to be manually restarted. They are dropping all over the place. This has happened on different model computers and different XP pro images. Models include Optiplex 270, 620 and 755. I've tried imaging individual computers and reinstalling drivers but it doesn't help for all the computers (the problem comes back). I'm guessing it has to do with an update or some software (although I haven't added anything groundbreaking to the computers that I know of). I don't even know where to start on this one, suggestions?